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How Casinos Trick You Into Gambling More

I’m going all-in on this gamble of a DNews episode, how is it that casinos keep people gambling, even if they don’t really want to? Hey penny-slotters Trace here for DNews today diving into the flashy world of gambling. Literally, it’s flashy, there are lights and sounds and smells, adventures to be had money to be won!

But when you’re in a casino, hundreds of papers and experiments are brought to bear to keep you in their gilded halls. So how do casinos keep us gambling? increased arousal A 2010 study in the Journal of Mental Health Addiction found both lights and music created “increased arousal” effects.

And a new study in the Journal of Neuroscience looked at the brains of rats finding increased arousal increases dopamine reception — one of our brain’s powerful reward chemicals. Feeling good means we spend more, so casinos cash in on dopamine at every turn. Numerous studies say more arousal means more gambling, and faster music paired with flashing lights makes people bet more quickly and spend more money! But that’s not all… colored lights Marketers know the color red makes people more aroused too. And studies show red light makes people more gambley than blue light!

Thus, casinos put red everywhere! The Journal of Gambling Studies revealed a bunch of other insights into gambling behavior as well. Things like “the illusion of control,” the idea that if you’re pushing a button or pulling a lever, you have control over the situation… and if the risk seems low and you get an immediate response to your bet, you’ll bet more, and then more. free drinks/design Some casinos even offer free drinks, great, right?

For the casino. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions and increases expectations, further increasing play. architecture Even the architecture has evolved. I find this particularly fascinating.

Originally casinos focused on “gaming design:” all the slot machines and tables were lined up, all together in a maze-like configuration. It was thought that this design would make us step up and gamble at every turn. But based on scientific studies, casino design has been radically redefined. New casinos are based on the idea of “adult playgrounds” with high-ceilings and expansive, opulent, easy-to-navigate spaces; the Bellagio is the quintessential example.

Old-style casinos famously avoid windows and clocks to help gamblers lose their sense of place and time, but “playground” casinos make people feel happy and comfortable, with sunshine, high-ceilings and art; keeping us gambling, having fun, and spending that money. A study published in the journal Environment & Behavior proved that this is working. People like the playground design, especially women. In the compact “gaming design” women felt crowded by others around them, if they were too close to other people they’d gamble less. The adult playground design mitigates these problems, and women now gamble even more.

Slots, for example, are historically very popular with women, and revenue increased over 30 percent since 1970. It turns out, adding windows, bright colors, and a resort feel, has a huge payoff for the House. The research showed, gamblers in a resort playground casino feel more comfortable and are reminded to have fun constantly.

So they do. oxygen The thing casino’s don’t do, though, is pump in oxygen to give gamblers a modest high. It’s a myth, dating back decades. What they actually do is pump in scents which keep people aroused (back to that arousal effect, thing) and according to the scent designer for one company who does it, AromaSys: refreshing and soothing scents keep people gambling longer. conclusion In the end, casinos cash in on exploiting our psychology to the tune of 240 billion dollars a year. They do it with the games, the decor, the drinks, the smells, assaulting our senses to get us to make it rain in the desert in Vegas and elsewhere.

But what about gambling addiction? Isn’t that worth considering? Gambling addiction does have a genetic component, meaning if your mother or father has gambling addiction, you could too!

Laci explains how that works here. I don’t really like gambling, I’m just not taken in by it all… I like wandering the hotels, but I don’t feel the need to pump quarters into a slot machine. But how you y’all feel? Do you gamble? Have you stopped to think about why?

What Beats What in Poker Hands | Gambling Tips

Hey guys, I just wanted to go over poker rankings with you. These rankings apply for just about any poker game you are going to play: hold em, or five card draw, seven card stud, or any of that. Basically, I got a deck here all rigged out to get the cards I want to come out. I want to let you know your rankings. First up, we start from the bottom.

We have a no pair. Alright and basically you would be playing for high card. With the case of no pair, whoever has the highest card would break whatever ties. Generally, you can count on this hand winning like, never. Every now and then you might get lucky with an ace high or a king high. Next hand, is one pair.

You get two of the same value. Then everything else is the same. Anything else is everything else. With the pair whoever has the next highest card would break the tie there. It doesn’t happen very often.

But, every now and then it does. Next up, is two pair. You have the pair of queens and ace.

The highest pair takes preference. So, if you had a pair of queens and eights, somebody else had a pair of jacks and tens, then because you have the queens, you win. This would be the hand higher than the one pair.

Next up, three of a kind. In this case we have a three of a kind jacks and a five and a two. A lot of times new players make the mistake of thinking that you have got two pair then it’s a bigger deal than having three of a kind, but three of a kind always beats two pair. It does not matter the game.

Next, is a straight. A straight is five cards in sequential order regardless of the suit. In this case here you have the straight that goes up to the eight. The case of the players that with a couple of straights whichever has the highest one, ace’s being high, would win that pot there. This is a straight and it is better than the three of a kind.

Better than the straight, we have a flush. A flush would be five cards of the same suit. It doesn’t matter what their values are. In the case here, we have an ace high flush. The high card takes value here, so if somebody else has an ace king high flush, since he has the ace, he would win. Then that beats a straight.

And what beats a flush? Is a full house. A full house would be three of one value and then two of the other. On this case, this would be called kings full of tens. This is a very, very powerful hand and usually if you have hands like this or stronger, you will more than likely win whatever pot of poker you are playing. In the case of multiple full houses, the precedence comes to whichever the one you have three of.

If you have three tens and then kings, then the tens would be dominant. If someone else had three jacks, say then you would lose that. Here kings full tens beats a flush.

Better than a full house is four of a kind, also known as quads. Basically, four of the same thing. You get all four in all suits of the same value and most poker games nobody will ever be able to tie you so you will never have to worry about that but then obviously four tens would beat four nines or something like that.

A very, very powerful hand. When you get to this scenario, unless you are extremely unlucky you will almost always win with four of a kind. Next highest from there is a straight flush. This is five cards that are in sequence and of the same suit. So in this case we have a seven high straight flush. These hands are very, very rare to come by, but when they come, it is going to be money for you.

And then that would beat the four of a kind and everything else below that. And the highest type of straight flush, you probably already know is the royal flush. All five cards from the ten to the ace in sequence, of the same suit.

No other hand can beat this one. Those are our poker hand rankings.

The Rules of Blackjack

Hi there! You’re watching Rules of Blackjack, by Crazy Vegas Casino. In this video, we’re going to look at the rules of Blackjack. The object of the game is for the player is to draw cards totaling closer to 21 than the dealer’s cards, all without going over 21. Blackjack is played with one or more standard 52-card decks. These days, most games use four, six, or eight decks.

These decks are then shuffled and placed in a card holder called a shoe, from which the dealer can slide out one card at a time. Each card denomination is assigned a point value. Cards 2 through 10 are worth their face value, face cards (kings, queens, and jacks) are each worth 10, and aces may be used as either 1 or 11. The best total of all is a two-card 21, or a ‘Blackjack’!

Blackjack pays 3-2: that means that a two-card 21 on a $5 bet will win $7.50. However, if the dealer also has a two-card 21, the hand pushes, or ties, and you get your original bet back. On the other hand, if the dealer goes on to draw 21 in three or more cards, your Blackjack is still a winner with its 3-2 payoff! How do you play the game?

Play begins when you place a bet in the betting square on the table directly in front of you. After all bets have been placed, each player and the dealer are given two cards. A player’s cards are both dealt face up. In the dealer’s case, only one of their cards is dealt face up, and the other face down. When the dealer’s up card is an ace, players generally have the option to take Insurance, which is a side bet restricted to half of the original bet. Insurance pays at 2:1 if the dealer does hit Blackjack.

If the dealer has a ten or an ace showing, then he will peek at his face down card to see if he has a Blackjack. If he does, then he will turn it over immediately. If the dealer does have a Blackjack, then all hands will lose, unless a player also has a Blackjack, which will result in a push.

Then, each player in turn decides how to play out their hands, usually one of five options – hit, stand, split, double or surrender. Hit: Take another card from the dealer. Stand: Take no more cards, also known as “stand pat”, “stick”, or “stay”.

Double down: Players are allowed to double their initial bet, but then receive only one more card. Hitting a double down is not permitted. The double down bet is placed in the betting box next to the original bet. Split (only available as the first decision of a hand): If the first two cards have the same value, the player can split them into two hands, by moving a second bet equal to the first into an area outside the betting box. The dealer separates the two cards and draws a card to each.

The player then plays out the two hands. Doubling and further splitting may be restricted depending on the game, and Blackjacks after a split are seen as non-blackjack 21. Hitting split aces is usually not allowed. Surrender (only available as first decision of a hand): Some games offer the option to “surrender”, directly after the dealer has checked for Blackjack. When the player surrenders, the house takes half the player’s bet and returns the other half to the player, which ends the players hand. Once all players have finished, the dealer plays according to set rules: in Blackjack, the play is more restrictive for the dealer.

The dealer must draw more cards to any total of 16 or less and must stand on any total of 17 or more. In some casinos, the dealer will also draw to “soft” 17: this means that the total includes an ace or aces that add up to 17. And those are the rules of Blackjack. Pretty straight-forward, right?

Keep in mind that some of these rules will have variations depending on the game that you are playing – and don’t forget to practice playing the rules through for yourself, to get a good feel for the game. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next time, when we’ll be looking at Blackjack Strategy.

Card Counting Legend Tommy Hyland – Exclusive Interview

– [Colin] This is always a special treat, if you guys don’t know who Tommy Hyland is. He would never call himself this, but he’s a legend. He’s a huge hero to us, inspiration.

He’s become a friend. So, give Tommy a round of applause (audience applauses) – Basically I didn’t have any particular affinity for math, no background in math, I just went to a small college in Ohio, Wittenberg, and I was taking Political Science and a lot of the guys I hung around with liked to gamble. We were playing some poker, and some backgammon. This was a small blue-collar town in Ohio. And there wasn’t much to do, so one time we happened to go in a bookstore and there was a Blackjack book which I later found out was really an incredible book for it’s time. Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere and we bought the book and for a simpleton like me this was the perfect book.

It had these nice beautiful color charts, it illustrated how to play basic strategy, and explained card counting pretty well. And so my roommate and I started practicing. And the one thing the book didn’t tell us, is they didn’t tell us how to actually do the running count at the table. They told you that the two through six was plus one, and seven, eight, and nine was nothing, and ten through ace was minus one.

So we understood that, but we didn’t actually physically know how to do the count. And we saw how fast, to us, these dealers dealt. And we figured, well you must have to be some kind of memory expert to keep this count. So what we used to do is we’d sit next to each other on the five dollar table. And I would count the high cards and he would count the low cards or vice versa. And then whisper after every round to each other what we had and then we would subtract.

And we knew how to do the true count and all but nobody, and this went on for like, believe it or not, this went on for like two months. We must’ve played 20 or 30 times like this. And we were winning, you know. The rules were very favorable back then in Atlantic City.

And we only had 1000 dollars each, and eventually we ran into some other card counter He told us, well look all you do is wait ’til the person on first base gets a second card then you cancel out. You know, all this time playing we were concentrating on not making any playing errors and all that so we never, so anyway it took us about six months to build up the 1000 up to 4000 each. And then we met these other two guys that were card counters, young guys, that were just starting out.

We used to find a casino that you know we didn’t want to play regular Blackjack at and we used to use it for a training casino. And I’d just stand behind him and you know they have to do three or four shoes you know bet reasonably correctly and not make any playing errors. And every time they’d make an error, I’d hit em, why did you do that, and stuff like that. Yeah I wasn’t always the guy in charge. I was usually like a co-manager, or I bet I’ve been on bankrolls with probably well over a hundred different people. Over the years, probably closer to two hundred.

When I was kinda young and a little reckless, people would be coming out the, they heard about the success we were having around this golf course and the word spread like wildfire and basically people would come up to me and say, hey I got a cousin, he’s really good at math, can he play, and I’d say oh I’ll meet him. I would take him on the team eventually and as you can imagine that led to a lot of problems. I had a lot of good players, some of my best players were close friends, and some of my other best players I just met, somebody introduced me to em.

Starting in October or November, I try and play a lot until next April. When I say a lot, I’m not talking about at Joe’s level, he plays way more hours than I do. But like this year I should end up with about 350 hours or something. So seven hours a week or something like that. People ask me that all the time they say “Aren’t you banned everywhere?”

And I say well, these days it’s impossible to not be able to play, if you wanna play Blackjack. I mean there’s so many casinos I mean hundreds and hundreds of casinos You know some people might think that the old days of Blackjack were better when the games were better, they had four decks, they dealt down the half a deck or they had better rules. But there’s a lot to be said for these days. What is there over 30 states for sure probably 35 states with Blackjack, and a lot of them are not that smart and there’s no way you could get kicked out of every casino where you could make money. I haven’t been to some states in 10 or 12 years where I know there’s good games. Luckily I’m not six foot ten or something like that.

My face is not that memorable, I grow a beard, and I comb my hair different, wear a hat. Until I start betting really big, they don’t really notice me right away. My philosophy almost since the beginning, and I had arguments with other team members or something is always get the money first. Don’t worry so much about if the casino likes you, if you’re gonna lose your comps, getting the EV, and getting the money is way more important than worrying about getting kicked out.

That happened on our team a lot. People were so scared, they might’ve had a nasty back off or something like that and they were so scared that they were afraid to put the money out. And you gotta put that money out there when the count’s good.

I mean you can mess around, your small edges you can fool around at True one and True Two. But when that count gets good, you gotta send that money out there. And when a count gets bad, you gotta get off the table, or bet the minimum.

Luckily, these days, I’ve had some nasty incidents in the past, but, I’d say in the last eight or ten years almost every back off has been pleasant. Or they might tell you, “We’re gonna arrest you for “tresspassing the next time.” And I don’t really let that stop me if they tell me that, I don’t go in the next day or something, but I’ll go in six months or a year later. And then what invariably happens, almost every time, is they say the same thing, “The very next time we’re “gonna arrest you for trespassing.” And most of the time it’s a bluff. Once in awhile they’ll follow through, but it’s very rare.

They don’t wanna have the hassle, and it’s not clear that they’re allowed to arrest you for trespassing. It’s basically a gray area and they’re not sure what they’re allowed to do, and we’re not sure, now in New Jersey they absolutely can’t do it, in Missouri they can’t do it. And other places, maybe they can maybe they can’t. Certainly card counters aren’t in the wrong at all. I think it’s one of the most ethical, and honorable things you can do, is play Blackjack against the casinos.

I’m sure everybody knows somebody or has heard of somebody that’s had their life ruined by a casino. Where somebody’s lost their family, or their house or whatever. And these casinos are ruthless.

I mean just read, there’s a good book, Whale Hunt in the Desert, by a casino host, or it’s about a casino host, absolutely how ruthless these people are about trying to get every last cent from these high rollers and stuff. Now I think that’s, the money is certainly better off in your pocket, than in these casinos. They’re not really nice people. They have a lot of influence with these politicians and these courts. And for them to be able to, for just doing math in your head while you’re playing a game, by the rules that they offer.

For them to be able to arrest, or threaten to arrest you or force you in a back room, and all this, is really wrong. It’s not a close call as to who’s in the right, the card counters or the casinos, I don’t think. Well there’s a lot of good things about card counting, to be thankful for. I mean the fact that your time is your own. The one thing we all are gonna run out of is time. Some of us may run out of money, all that but time is the most precious thing you have and to have the time your own, to be able to go out and play when you want to, to not have to be at a certain place at a certain time, is worth a lot.

I’ve had 40 years of that, where if I feel like playing Blackjack I play Blackjack. If I feel like I wanna play golf, I can go play golf. You know whatever. So that’s probably the best thing. And then another great thing is all the people you meet.

I’ve met some incredibly smart guys. One of my early teams I had, there was five of us. One guy’s probably gone on to be the highest winning gambler in the history of the world. And he was one of my first teammates, in fact he started out similar to me, he had basically no money and he was just about to take a job, at a Burger King, on the graveyard shift, because he was down below a thousand dollars he happened to be playing, and he met some other guy who was a card counter, and the guy saw he played really well, and he invited him back to their place to join the team. And now he’s a billionaire from gambling.

Some of the people you meet, it’s been phenomenal. Be aggressive. The other thing we didn’t talk about much is you really have to bet in proportion to your bank roll. You have to size your bet to how much advantage you have, on a particular thing. That’s really important.

You can’t go betting black chips when you have five or ten thousand dollars. You have to put the hours in, keep your expenses down, and build your bankroll up. And then you bet in proportion to that bankroll. And be aggressive, don’t be worried about getting kicked out of one casino, there’s a thousand other casinos to play at. I don’t know why more people don’t do this.

I think it’s a really good way to make a living. There’s not that many people that play Blackjack for their main source of income. When I first started doing it, I didn’t know that I was gonna do it for 40 years. I figured oh I’m gonna do this for awhile, and then I was thinking of teaching school, or you know various things, doing something with golf. If I had to say when would be the best time to play Blackjack, I might say it was now. You know, that’s only my opinion.

Other people say it was definitely better in the old days. But I think this is a real good time to make money at Blackjack. In the beginning, I was a young kid, once we learned this stuff and the money just kept coming in, we thought that this is the easiest thing in the world. And I did a lot of careless stuff. I was real sloppy with the accounting, I remember one time we had a house down off of Atlantic City Brigantine, I remember walking into the house with a briefcase, full of money, I forgot to secure the latches on the briefcase, and it was windy and the briefcase just popped open and there was money blowing all around the neighborhood. (audience laughs)

The Ruins of Las Vegas | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Here’s an idea. In Las Vegas, we’re are the America’s ruins. So when most people think of Las Vegas, they think of this– gambling, drinking, all kinds of crazy revelry, nonstop glitz, glamour, entertainment, and showmanship happening inside and around these massive, palatial casinos. Vegas’s sobriquet is Sin City, a place where one has access to any and every vice, assuming one is able to pay the price. And these buildings structure literally the whole experience. But this is also Las Vegas.

It’s just people don’t normally think about this part of it. Nevada was hit hard by the subprime mortgage crisis, where banks gave mortgages to people who technically couldn’t afford them, and then repackaged those mortgages as sound investments which eventually defaulted, leaving people with homes they couldn’t afford, investors with empty pockets, and gaping money holes in many markets. As of late October, 2015, Nevada has the highest home foreclosure rate of any state in the country. And metropolitan Las Vegas typically ranks within the top five. For a city that we associate so strongly with opulence, there is a fair amount of hardship here, and not just here but also here.

The casinos, Vegas’ monuments to diversion, excess, and abundance, but also provider of no shortage of employment opportunities for locals, also suffered in the wake of the recent economic collapse. This is Echelon Place which began construction in 2007 and was slated to be finished by 2010. It was to be an 87 acre project with 5,300 hotel rooms across four hotels. And it had a construction budget of $4 billion. In 2008, construction stopped, first for a year, then another estimated three to five years. So it sits here, waiting, now more of a memorial than a monument.

Echelon Place isn’t alone, either. In the last decade, there has been 10 hotels that have been abandoned or demolished. There are nearly a dozen massive projects which started construction but never finished. That Vegas is pocked with all of these foreclosed upon homes and incomplete monoliths is a testament to both it and America’s relationship to chance and chance’s relationship to wealth.

Let’s do some history. Long before The Strip, downtown Las Vegas got its start as a playground for construction workers building the Hoover Dam. At the time, Vegas was the closest significantly sized city with businesses that would stay open late.

The state had legalized gambling in 1931, the year that the dam started construction. But the US government wasn’t too keen on that move. They didn’t want their federally-paid dam workers spending their hard-earned dam cash on games of chance.

So they schemed to keep the workers away. But of course, their scheming had the opposite effect. Dam workers flooded Vegas– pun intended– and made it rave– pun and mixed metaphor intended. In 1936, when construction of the dam completed, the Great Depression was still in full swing, so all of those labors went elsewhere to find work. Vegas needed to figure out a way to survive, and quick, because it had learned to depend on that dam cash, which had vamoosed. Luckily, though the dam had stopped powering Vegas financially, it could now power Vegas literally.

And building upon their long-held reputation as a playground city, Vegas began outfitting its downtown, Fremont Street, with bright lights a-go-go. After not long, this part of town became known as Glitter Gulch. The rest is roughly and literally speaking, history. Vegas learned to depend on tourism fueled by glitz, glamour, and nearby scenic attractions. Gangsters and real estate developers learned to depend on Vegas’s lax law enforcement, regulation, and tax code. Entertainers from nearby LA, and eventually across the world, learned in Vegas, there is always an audience.

By the late ’40s, Vegas had stepped into its own as America’s playground, initiating its modern reputation as the perfect expression of American exceptionalism by way of a particular brand of flashy, capital-fueled, American excess, which works like gangbusters until 2007, when the boom became more of a dull thud. In the midst of a global economic recession, the glitz of Sin City can seem excessive at best or irresponsible at worst, which means that tourists are less likely to come visit. Add to that the fact that the city’s banks handed out some 35,000 loans that people technically couldn’t afford . I mean, I suppose in a city that’s defined by betting, it would make sense that real estate developers and lending organizations would bet it all. On the one hand, with civilian homes, it may be simple predatory lending.

But on the other hand, with things like casinos and resorts, I think it’s something else. The Vegas most of us recognize was constructed not to be used like a normal city, like a New York, or a Paris, or a Tokyo, to be marveled at. The Vegas we know is for gawking, not living. The Bellagio, Luxor, the Hard Rock Cafe, and their ilk all comprised a pseudo city which isn’t for residents, but for people who have come to play in as many senses of the word as possible. These structures are for residing, but relaxing.

And architecturally, this is all almost literally America’s playground in that we’ve perhaps outgrown it and abandoned it, except at great literal cost. Vegas is thoroughfares and signage, towering obelisks, and countless simulacra– a pyramid, but not the city, but not Europe, but not bodies of water, but not– were not built to age gracefully, but to impress immediately and then be demolished or abandoned. On one block between Sands Avenue and Flamingo Road used to sit Sands, Castaways, Nob Hill, Holiday Casino and Inn, the Imperial Palace, O’Sheas, and the Barbary Coast. Now, it’s home to Treasure Island, The Palazzo, The Venetian, The Mirage, Casino Royale, Harrah’s, The LINQ, Caesar’s Palace, Flamingo and the Cromwell. Not one original building remains standing.

In their influential book, “Learning from Las Vegas,” architect Robert Venturi, Denise Brown, and Robert Izenour write that in this landscape, architecture becomes symbol in space, rather than form in space. Weirdly, they weren’t writing about this Las Vegas or this Las Vegas, but this Vegas. They compare the parking lots of Las Vegas to France’s Versailles, a massive, sprawling palace famous for its gardens that stands as a symbol of the wealth of the old ruling class, but also the absolute monarchy of the old regime before the French Revolution. The parking lot, they write, is the parterre of the asphalt landscape, beautiful for all of its uselessness, a status symbol for storing other status symbols. What then of those massive, sprawling, finished, and unfinished mega casinos? What symbol are they?

I might say, our ruins. Given the turnover of the strip, destruction and ruination is practically pre-built into them. Some of them become alike to ruins before they’re even finished.

Sure, technically speaking, ruins are structures which at one point were complete and have become decrepit over a long period of time, though haven’t turned entirely back into dust. Machu Picchu, the pyramids, Petra, Teotihuacan, Angkor Wat, the Parthenon, the Acropolis, Caesar’s Palace– there’s this idea that the strength of a society is confidently communicated by the quality and resilience of its ruins. A powerful culture will build a long-lasting structures. In short, America has all kinds of impressive structures which will look great in the post-apocalypse, while it seems a Vegas casino is unlikely to make it half a generation, let alone some millennia. [MUSIC – “VIVA LAS VEGAS”] strip in Las Vegas, as a location, is such a perfect distillation of that stereotypical American abundance that it feels like maybe this should be our Carthage or Roman Forum, even if it won’t be. These structures stand already fulfilling their role as a ruins, though of course, technically, they aren’t testaments to the things that are important to us, but also what isn’t at a time where the future of the United States’ longstanding cultural and economic authority is anything but certain.

Though these things may not be ruins then, perhaps it’s meaningful for us to look at them as ruins now. What do you guys think? Are the ruins of Vegas something like Carthage after the fall of Rome? Let us know in the comments and our response to some of them in next week’s comment response video.

In this week’s comment response video, we talk about your thoughts regarding listicles. If you want to watch that one, you can click right here or find a link in the doobly-doo. Thank you so much to everyone who wrote a short story to enter in to win an Idea Channel t-shirt.

We had an awesome time combing through them, randomly selecting three winners, which we have. The winners are Papa Bad Dad, Observer of Worlds, and Chemical Word Smith. So we’re going to be sending you guys a message via YouTube to get your information to send you a t-shirt. We are, however, going to also postpone the dramatic reading, because I caught a cold. And I don’t want my cold memorialized for all eternity having to read your beautiful short stories with a nasaly voice. So maybe that’ll happen like next week.

But I promise, it will. This week’s episode was brought to you by the hard work of these high rollers. We have a Facebook, an IRC, and a subreddit links in the doobly-doo. And the tweet of the week comes from Leif Nelson, who points us towards a post about the “Wizard of Oz,” which has been re-cut alphabetically, which means that every scene that begins with a word that starts with the letter A is first. And it works its way all the way through scenes that begin with the word zipper. And it appears that there is more than one kind of movie that has been re-cut this way.